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Madras High School Lady White Buffalos lose to Seaside Seagulls 2-0 at Cascade High School tournament.

STEELE HAUGEN - DaRia White returns the ball over the net. The Lady Buffalos lost 2-0 to Seaside Sept. 7 during a tournament game at Cascade High School.
The Madras volleyball team traveled to Cascade High School for a volleyball tournament Sept. 7, receiving great experience through pool and bracket play.

Madras played three matches in pool play that were only two sets long, and played a match against Seaside during bracket play. The Lady Buffs lost to the Seagulls in two sets 25-10, 25-16.

"In practice, we focused on keeping our basics basic, and our goal is to work on our serve and serve-receive," head coach Natalie Villanueva said. "If we can do those two things well, we can start working on other skills. I was able to teach them how to hit and approaches, arm swings, really trying to get more of an offense for us. It was a good week for basics."

"The team got better as the day went on, which is always a good sign," she said. "We served really well and passed really well; both were really solid. We need to work on our side of the net. We are giving them a lot of points right now. It was a good opportunity to see great volleyball in pool play. It was a great tournament for learning, a lot of learning."

The Lady Buffs dropped to 0-2 this season and have a match at Woodburn High School (0-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. They also travel to La Pine High School to face the Hawks at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept.19.

"Well again, we are really focusing on basics," she said. "Serve and serve-receive is really our foundation and we have been hounding that all the time. The girls have really been working hard to get better. I really like to work on our side of the net, us controlling our game and our play. Every game we go into, how can we bring our best game?"

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